Published on May 18th, 2012 | by Kim LaCapria0
Loretta Lynn Fudged Age in Coal Miner’s Daughter Story, Was Nearly 16 When She Married
You can’t blame Loretta Lynn for paring a few years off her age, especially considering women were even more of a perishable commodity when the country legend rose to fame decades ago.
But news that Lynn (who is actually 80 and not 77 as previously believed) was a bit evasive when it comes to her true age does cast her life narrative in a slightly different light, as it means the singer of hits such as “Fist City” and “The Pill” was a much more acceptable and marginally less alarming nearly-sixteen when she wed Oliver Lynn Jr. Lynn’s hubby was 21 at the time of their marriage back in 1948.
Lynn has not, however, been entirely untruthful when it comes to her age- E! reports that the singer basically said she wasn’t forthcoming about the issue, and with perfectly good reason:
“When I was born, Franklin Delano Roosevelt was the president for several years. That’s the closest I’m gonna come to telling my age in this book, so don’t go looking for it,” she wrote. “I’m trying to make a living singing songs. I don’t need nobody out there saying, ‘She don’t look bad considering she’s such-and-such years old.'”
The events of Lynn’s life were chronicled in the story Coal Miner’s Daughter, and Zooey Deschanel is the latest actress set to portray Lynn in a Broadway redux.